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A Brode Lace with a Crose and a Olyet

This is a simple chevron braid based on two bends, with periodic reversals of the working direction. It's just like the preceeding 16 loop "Penne powne" [t35], but easier because you have two free fingers.

Don't reversrse your working direction, and you'll have a "cheueron of 12" [t29]. The next braid "A round lace with a cros olyet" [t37] is made the same as this one, with the addition of exchanging outer loops.

These braids are significant for specifically reversing the loops upward and downward rather than highing, lowing, and twisting them in seperate steps. Oddly, the directions take great care in explaining this process even though it was already covered in the opening paragraph.

Taking the overside of a loop reversed is also explained here.



Seat a partner on your right side.

Take twelve loops in two colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1: B C D outer hands
Color 2: A B C inner hands


Twist all your loops 180°, while shifting them to the next finger:
Reverse upward on the outer hands.
(Flip the bottom part of each loop upward, onto the finger above. The side that was between the two fingers won't move. Begin with the loop on B, and use your other hand to help.)
D outer takes the overside of C inner reversed. [*]
(Maintaining the same twist direction as the previous loops.)
Reverse downward on the inner hands.
(Flip the top part of each loop downward, onto the finger below.)

Work with the inner hands:
A goes through B C inner, and D C B outer, and takes the overside of A outer reversed. [*]
(Undoing the unnecessary twist from the previous step.)

Exchange loops on your inner hands:
Your A goes through B from within outward, and takes your partner's B unreversed.
Partner's A takes your B unreversed.
Lower A to B.

Repeat nine times. (Or the third time that each hand has three matching loops.)


Twist all your loops 180°, while shifting them to the next finger:
Reverse upward on the inner hands.
(Flip the bottom part of each loop upward, onto the finger above. The side that was between the two fingers won't move. Begin with the loop on B, and use your other hand to help.)
D inner takes the overside of C outer reversed. [*]
(Maintaining the same twist direction as the previous loops.)
Reverse downward on the outer hands.
(Flip the top part of each loop downward, onto the finger below.)

Work with the outer hands:
A goes through B C outer, and D C B inner, and takes the overside of A inner reversed. [*]
(Undoing the unnecessary twist from the previous step.)

Exchange loops on your inner hands:
Your A goes through B from within outward, and takes your partner's B unreversed.
Partner's A takes your B unreversed.
Lower A to B.

Repeat nine times. (Or the third time that each hand has three matching loops.)

Repeat from the beginning.



[*] Overside of X reversed

Usually taking the overside (or top side) of a loop means it remains unreversed. The taking finger enters the loop and hooks the top side from within. The loop transfers fingers with no twist. Taking the overside reversed means the taking finger does NOT enter the loop, but hooks the top side from the outside, causing it to twist as it transfers. The difference between this type of reversed and the usual type is the direction that the loop twists. This is important for some braids.



Tollemache 36

A brode lace with a crose and a olyet.
Take 12 bows and set them on thy hands as in the lace cheueron [t29] and work both as in the same lace until the 3 time that thou seeist that all thy bows be of one color and then work both with your next hands as ye did with your further hands until ye see the color be changed 3 then shall ye both work again with your further hands as ye did at the beginning and look that your next hands accord in color and work and your further hands also and when thou hast changed 3 with thy fellow all the bows of thy hand shall be of one color also when thou and thy fellow have changed 14 [9] times the color of thy hand shall be changed 3 and then shall ye change the working of your hands as it is written before.

Harleian 35

A brode lace with cros and olyet.
Take 12 bows and set on thy hands and on thy fellows hands as in the lace cheueron of 12 bows [h29], and work both as in the self lace, until the 3 time that thou see all the bows be of one color; and then work both with your next hands as ye did with your further hands, until ye see that the color be changed thrice. Then shall ye both work again with your further hands as ye did at the beginning; and look that your next hands accord in color and in work, and your further hands also. And when thou has changed 3 with thy fellow all thy bows of thine hand should be of one color; also when thou and thy fellow have changed 9 times the color of thine one hand shall be changed 3, and then shall ye change the working of your hand as it is written before.